The Minnesota High Tech Association 23rd Annual Spring Conference April 10 has a power-packed agenda of the state’s leaders and innovators in technology. The day-long event features 16 workshops on advances in technology by companies based in Minnesota with a global reach, as well as innovative startups.

“This event brings together the compelling story Minnesota has to tell about technology innovations taking place in our state,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). “On every major tech front – artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital transformation, cybersecurity, big data – we have companies inventing, active, engaged in change.”

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One highlight of the conference will be two self-driving cars at the conference site, provided by VSI Labs, a leading global research and advisory firm on autonomous vehicle technologies based in St. Louis Park, MN.

Conference registration is open to all, with discounts for MHTA members and groups.  For registration and more info, click here.

The MHTA Annual Spring Conference agenda includes: 

Two keynote speakersGartner/ CIO Research Group Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Bruce Robertson will talk about Gartner’s top predictions that herald a future filled with disruption as technology forever changes the relationship between people and machines.  Microsoft North Central Region Vice President Stacy Trackey Meagher will focus on Microsoft’s quest for transformation as an organization, while placing customers at the center and forging deeper partnerships.

Workshop topics and company presenters include: 

  • Artificial intelligence research: 3M, Thomson Reuters, and Equals 3
  • Autonomous vehicle research: VSI Labs
  • Blockchain technology: Microsoft, Bitwise IO, Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange, Silverbow Consulting
  • Cybersecurity and safety: Xcel Energy, BSCI, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Optum, Food Protection & Defense Institute
  • Data management: Seagate, Microsoft
  • Digital transformation: Best Buy, Cargill, Target, Rimage, Azul Seven, C.H. Robinson, Sussna Associates
  • Internet of Things: Entrust Datacard

The Minnesota High Tech Association appreciates the generous support of sponsors who make the 2018 Annual Spring Conference possible:

Platinum: Avanade, Optum, Thomson Reuters

Silver: Eagle Creek Software Services

Bronze:  Ecolab, Virteva, Skuid and Johnson Controls

Supporting:  Microsoft, Robert Half Technology

Event details:

Location: Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Drive N., Brooklyn Park, MN

Agenda: Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m., general session begins 8:30 a.m., conference concludes 5 p.m.

Registration: Available online at

  • Early registration rate through March 27: MHTA members $160, nonmembers $220.
  • Registration after March 27: MHTA members $210, nonmembers $275.
  • Groups of 5 or more, discount rate: contact Claire Ayling (

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity and making Minnesota a top five technology state. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota.